73 Days: Cold comfort from MetLife

November, 21, 2013
Each day from now until Feb. 2, ESPNNewYork.com will take you inside the challenge of staging the most unpredictable NFL title game ever. There are 73 days to the Super Bowl.

Does cold weather really change the dynamic of football games?

With the Super Bowl slated for MetLife Stadium on Feb. 2, when average temperatures are in the low 30s and the wind picks up across the Meadowlands, it’s a good question. The stadium’s staff passed along some analysis released by STATS LLC that certain position players may have a harder time, but that frigid temps don't really affect overall scoring.

STATS looked at 22 post-season games held in temperatures below 40 degrees and found that the average overall score is just 1.5 points lower in the cold than it is in 70-degree weather.

Comparing warm and cold-weather games, the turnover differential is negligible. The analysis found that teams protect the ball equally as well in cold weather, but that kickers have 8.7 percent fewer successful kicks.

Wide right, anyone?

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Courtesy MetLife Stadium 

Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.



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